Take It Easy
Are you trying too hard to succeed as a Christian, as a spouse, or in your career? Are you letting yourself be stressed out and frustrated by your efforts to do God’s will? If you are, you are going about it the wrong way.
Jesus wants to relieve you of stress, not add more of it to your life. He wants you to rest. His desire is for you to be free to enjoy His gift of life.
Listen to His words:
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV)
The soul refers to your mind, will, and emotions. What Jesus actually wants is for you to experience restful thoughts and emotions. He wants you to live, work, play and pray, and go about all your daily activities without any worries, fears and stress.
Emotional rest eludes us because we think we need to be in charge of our own destinies. We depend on ourselves and all our self-efforts. And then we exert ourselves to the point of spiritual and emotional exhaustion.
What is the solution? Union with Christ! His Life joined to ours! That’s what Jesus means when He invites us to take His yoke upon us. He wants us to become one with Him by faith and then trust Him to control our destinies and look to His presence in us, not our self-efforts, for the desired outcomes.
That’s what it means for you to take it easy. Recognize your union with Jesus. Do more trusting and less trying. And amazingly, you will discover your life will become more enjoyable, and much, much more successful as He lives in you!